About Formula 1 Rankings
This project is an attempt
at creating a ranking system for Formula One drivers according
to their race performances as a whole, rather than simply whether
or not they finish in the points.
The ratings are based purely
on race finishes, the cars must have been running at the end
of the race, be classified and be within 10% of the laps completed
by the race winner.
Therefore any race where the driver has been classified but has
retired, is discounted, as is any occasion where the driver is
still running at the end but has not completed enough laps to
be classified. There is also a record of all the races which
a driver has started (non-qualifiers are not included).
There is not an even distribution
of points for the relative positions, instead a greater weighting
is applied for the top positions.
The score a driver receives
also depends upon how many starters there are for a particular
race, therefore a driver will score higher for second place in
a race where there are 33 starters, compared to a race where
there are only 6 starters.
All of the results are collated
and a score out of 10 is awarded for the driver's performance
across the season.
Finally, to be included in
the final rankings for the year, all drivers must have finished
at least 2 races/meetings. This rule is designed to exclude one-off
drives such as the Indy 500, when it was included in the World
You will probably see that
the results do not differ too greatly from those achieved from
the points system, but it does throw up some interesting anomolies,
allowing there to be a greater recognition of the efforts of
drivers who were hampered by mechanical unreliability or who
were not given a proper chance.
I am the first to admit that
no system is perfect, after all a very great part of how well
a driver does is down to the machinery he has available to him,
but it does go some way towards evening the playing field and
showing the relative performance of drivers.